Atonement parish described as ‘in crisis’ Since Father Christopher Phillips’ removal last month as pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, archdiocese officials have remained mostly mum about the Anglican-turned-Catholic priest’s standing. Observers say tensions have risen among at least some parishioners, while the archbishop has reiterated his “pastoral concerns” for removing him. In Feb. 5 statement, García-Siller’s expressed in more distressed tones what he called “many untrue and harmful statements” being circulated about “my intentions toward the parish.” Wilson has distributed letters to parishioners that encourage them to sign a procurator mandates, documents that essential give Wilson the power of attorney under canon law to represent them. The one-page document opposes “any intention or act by ecclesiastical authority that would result in a change in the canonical status of the parish,” except for its transfer to the Personal ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peters.
Last month, San Antonio’s Archbishop removed the longtime priest at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church. It’s not just any church. It was founded by
The procurator’s mandate and instructions are now available for download in a pdf format. This is the mandate that was discussed and distributed in the meeting on Thursday, January 26. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to attend this informative information session.
This is good to read if you are looking for more information on the parish and Fr. Phillips.
Despite continuing dialogue, unity between the Anglican and Catholic Churches seems as far away as ever. But there are practical examples of where communion between the two is real. One of them is the burgeoning parish and school of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas.
By removing a dedicated pastor at an Anglican Use parish, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio has not only engaged in a striking overreach, but he’s fed perceptions that Catholic prelates are inflexible, authoritarian and aggressively assertive.
While we were all in our meeting last night, this was on EWTN.
For those of you at the meeting, you may recall the statement Chuck Wilson said about the last chapter of canon law, and what it said about the salvation of souls. I am posting this for your edification, especially since we aren’t enjoying the great gift of Fr. Phillips’ sermons for the time being.
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